Second Quarter Run Helps Drake Women’s Basketball Win At Loyola, 81-65

first_imgBox Score CHICAGO – A 15-2 scoring run to end the second quarter helped the Drake University women’s basketball team claim an 81-65 win over the Loyola Ramblers Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena. Drake (14-6, 7-2 MVC), who trailed by 11 points before the scoring run, was able to take a 29-27 halftime lead over Loyola (10-10, 6-3 MVC) with the impressive closing run. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored eight points during the span, including the final two points on a layup right before the buzzer, as she finished with a game-high 25 points. Wendell posted an outstanding stat line adding six assists with just one turnover, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 32 minutes. “We overcame our first quarter which I think was the biggest thing for us,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I thought we had some really good looks in the quarter that just didn’t fall in the hoop especially from three. But I love that we kept taking it and going inside-outside and started to really find our identity and shared the basketball (Drake recorded 21 assists on 28 makes).” Taylor Manuel led the Ramblers with 21 points while Nieka Wheeler added 14 and Dakota Vann 11 points, respectively. “I’m really proud of the overall team effort today,” Baranczyk said. “This is a tough place to play and a tough team to play, they have some great players who know how to play and present matchup problems for us and the rest of the conference.” Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had 13 points, seven rebounds and matched a career-high with seven assists. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) playing her final regular season game in her hometown scored nine points, grabbed five boards, nabbed a career-high four steals and had three blocks. “It was great to be able to play in Chicago,” said Donahue. “It was so much fun for me to be able to show my teammates where I’m from and to have them over to my house yesterday.” In the second period, Wendell nailed a three to pull Drake even at 27-27, as the three gave her ten at that point in the game and 1,606 in her career, good for sole possession of 11th all-time in school history. Her 25 points on Sunday puts her at 1,621 for her career as she trails former standout and the 2012 MVC Jackie Stiles Player of the Year, Rachael Hackbarth (2008-12), who scored 1,661 points for the tenth best career total in program history. Loyola led 21-8 after the first quarter as Drake battled turnover issues with five and cold shooting going just 3-of-12 from the floor. The Bulldogs rebounded from the opening first stanza to finish at 49.1 percent shooting and had just 11 more turnovers in the game to end with 16. Drake returns to Des Moines, Iowa to welcome the Wichita State Shockers to the Knapp Center on Friday, Feb. 5. Tipoff with the Shockers is set for 7 p.m. and will broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. National performing act, Simon Seyz, will perform at halftime on Friday night while the second annual Baby Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 at halftime of the contest with Missouri State. Spots still remain for the Baby Bowl, where the winners can take home great prizes. Contact Tom Florian at 515-271-4949 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more